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NCJ Number: 228068 Find in a Library
Title: Effectiveness of Women's Safety Audits
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:July 2009  Pages:205-218
Author(s): Carolyn Whitzman; Margaret Shaw; Caroline Andrew; Kathryn Travers
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper evaluates the adaptation of the women’s safety audit around the world, particularly in low-income countries.
Abstract: Developed, in Canada, by Toronto's Metro Action Committee on Public Violence Against Women and Children in 1989, research has defined women's safety audits as a process which brings individuals together to walk through a physical environment, evaluate how safe it feels to them, identify ways to make the space safer and organize to bring about these chances. The women’s safety audit tool has been disseminated to different regions around the world. Women's safety audits raise conceptual questions and introduce practical tools for interventions in communities. This paper evaluated the use that has been made of women's safety audits across the world; its applications, outcomes and challenges of the methodology. It was found that the audit was adaptable to local contexts, could be effective for bringing about environmental changes, empowering women, and alerting the public and authorities to the shared responsibility for ensuring the safety of women. Table, note, and references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Effectiveness; Environmental design; Environmental quality; Female victims; Gender issues; Testing and measurement; Victimization; Violence prevention
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